Pratt Street Ale House


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

206 W Pratt St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201
United States

(410) 244-8900 | map

Formerly The Wharf Rat / Oliver Breweries Ltd.

Serves Oliver Ales (brewed on-premise) and guest beers.

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Reviews by slander:
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

So I've got my much needed bottle of water and when I finally get to the front of the line, I hold out my $2, but she doesn't take it, she doesn't even look at me; she looks past me. And then she just walks away without saying anything, to me at least, but by the time she gets around to my side of the counter, she's muttering "I ain't takin' any of this shit, not tonight", and she's swinging an aluminum baseball bat. It takes her just a moment to shoo the gang kids out of the candy aisle and then she's back around behind the counter, I pay and try to leave, but now they've got me locked inside. "Um, I'd like to leave please", and now they look annoyed at having to come unlock the door so I can leave the 7-11. I just wanted a bottle of water, is all...

The next morning brings clarity and perspective. Not only did I not get killed by Bloods last night, but we just escaped the creepiest hotel ever, and I feel that we should celebrate by visiting just one more place before heading north. This Wharf Rat is the original although the one we hit yesterday seems considerably more weathered. Pushing through the outdoor seating pen to get in, we find the "L" shaped wood bar seating 16 in the room off to the right. The barback is a large long wood unit, with mirrored backing most of the way, carved wood inserts & pieces, pillars, tiered booze, glassware, growlers and ceramic mug club mugs, and more in a cupboard to the right of the bar. A paneled glass piece to the rear displaying old bottles, and coasters & mugs lined above, and then various pieces, a bobby hat, trophies, statues, etc. Nearly a dozen 2 seat tables adjacent to the bar sharing common church pew benches against the inside brick wall, the tables with a sunken crosshatching inlay for bottle caps and stamps under a plexi top. Shelving above the seating holds books, plates, baskets, tap handles, bottles, pitchers, a lantern, a model cannon and other pieces. Pressed tin ceiling, drop lamps above the bar and seating, hanging, dangling plants reaching over the tall front windows, and steins displayed above. English flag over the door, and another shelf holding model ships & hooks, a French horn, guitar, tambourine, a birdcage and more. TV's above the bar and a big flatscreen to the rear.

Through an arch doorway to the rear, a small pen in a side room with bench seating and stools around low tables up against a fireplace, and an adjacent brewpub schwag stand. And continuing through, a far dining room with a dozen tables round & square. Large front windows, a rear glass wall looking over a sunken brewroom with a copper kettle and a wood lined mash tun, and the outside wall of brick, with a wonderful old bottle collection above on shelving, including vintage Grant's Scottish Ale, Celtic Ale & Imperial Stout bottles (sooo sad). Around the bend and up the stairs, an additional seating area and the General Mott room. And out front, curbside, a seating pen holds a dozen and a half plastic roundies under umbrellas.

Back at the bar; 4 towers of 7 taps each at different points along the bar, and a 5 handle handpump system set dead center. All in all, 14 house taps, 3 house casks and 8 guest taps (Hoegaarden, Pilsner Urquell, Stella, Guinness, Bass, Yuengling, Bud Light, Woodchuck Cider). Samplers are 3 mugs for $4, so we mixed and matched again. The (Cask) Oliver ESB, a dark amber, was buttery and off; the Oliver Blackfriar Stout was rich and roasty; the Bishop's Breakfast, an oatmeal stout, was all licorice and chocolatey; the (Cask) Oliver Best Bitter was just blah; the Oliver Ironman Pale Ale was not terribly floral, but nicely hoppy; the Oliver Blonde Ale was Saaz spicy; the Old Habit, an English Brown was somewhat weak; the Oliver Golden Wheat had a nice light hoppiness and slight ginger flavor; and the Oliver Irish Red was another buttery mess. They also had a cream ale, English amber, Summer light, brown porter, black porter, English strong ale, a dark mild and a cask dark mild.

Also 2 dozen plus bottles, a handful of which are US micros (Anchor Steam, Rogue Dead Guy, Sam Adams Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Magic Hat #9), a dozen or so imports, some of them decent (Chimay, Duvel, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout & Lager), the rest of them blah blah, and the rest macros, maltos and N/A's.

Really cool house. Like the Fell's Point location, many of the beers here were similar but different, but there was a good range nonetheless, for what you can do with English style beers, although the quality here was not as good as there, which is strange because they do all the brewing at this location.

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Photo of TominGermany
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The bar food was outstanding and the beer wasn't too shabby either. We went t five breweries with Pratt Street being the last on the list. It was a nice way to end the day.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Sports bar vibe with lots of big screen TVs; across the street from Convention Center and a block from Camden Yard baseball park. Oliver's Brewing makes beer (on site?) which is good with a nod toward English styles. The food is very good, from soups, salads, sandwiches and even fish tacos, all were tasty and reasonably priced. Large outdoor seating area. Other regional/national beers on tap too. And they have 3 or 4 cask beers on tap, with growlers to go!

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Photo of Timtac
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of eluvah
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Staying at a hotel a few blocks away. The place had a nice crowd. I only tried one beer, the COVENTRY Cream ESB Nitro. It was so good I didn't want to try anything else. The selection was good for a place that sells its own beer. The fish tacos were ok, nothing great. I never had to wait for a beer so the service was good. Would recommend if you are in the inner harbor and don't want to travel walk to Max's or Alewife.

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Photo of Lucular
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Overpriced flights. Really noisy atmosphere. All of the beers had a sourish taste and not in a good way. I didn't get food but my friend's burger looked all right, nothing special.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Sits across from the convention center in downtown Baltimore. A smattering of tables outside, bar against the right side wall tables to the left in two rooms. They had a dozen or so beers on tap with a couple of guest taps as well. Their beer was decent, nothing earth shattering, I tried a stout and a dark ale and both were serviceable. Friendly attentive staff even as an influx of beer geeks filled the place up for lunch. I had a pretty good chicken ceaser salad. Pricing was about what I would expect in a touristy area. I'd stop in if in the area again.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of axxe
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Tomkob11
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of JOldewurtel
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here before a concert at the Royal Farms Arena. Really good vibe, with pretty good food... Service was just so-so. Thinking I caught them on an off night with service. Probably the go-to spot if your heading down to the arena

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Photo of Lettsgo3
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Not a bad place to drink if you are in the Baltimore area. Service was a little slow when I was there but the bar was packed. The selection is decent and the food was pretty good. Worth a stop in if you have time to kill.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of elkinbrown
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of markgugs
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Watch out for bronies! A My Little Pony convention that was happening across the street sure added a little oomph to the area, and indeed the Pratt Street Ale House. Tables spilling out onto the street, and nearly all tables full. The ale house is large, and there is a second floor which me and my brother were taken to. Even on the second level, multiple rooms were found, giving each area its own feel rather than a single large potluck of drunks. There was even a small bar near us! Great activity going on inside and outside, and it looks like little has changed with the cosmetics since its opening.

I knew that I was coming for a good time based on its beer menu. Many of the beers are based on the British tradition, and there were 14 listed (but out of two). It's hard enough to find mild ale or bitter, so I was thrilled to find both styles being brewed here. In addition, there was an Irish Red, English Porter, English Strong Ale, and Oatmeal Stout brewed in house. I had the mild and bitter, and both light ales had enough flavor to keep me drinking without bloating me. To top it off, several guest taps were welcome to the scene (Bells, Unibroue, Yards, Southern Tier, DC Brau).

Crab mac n' cheese....yum. It came in a very generous portion too. Matching the food was the service, which came at a good pace, and plenty of checking up on our statuses.

Well, that was worth the hour drive from northern Virginia, now let's go back. But wait, there's more of Baltimore to see!

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place was pretty good, but it made it difficult to enjoy their beers because they were out of 6 of the dozen or so that they offer. Luckily I was able to try the Ironman Pale Ale, which was pretty tasty. Wish I could have tried their Draft Punk IPA though, or the Wheat Ale they offer.

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Photo of TBCE
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
2.79/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Good beer, ok food, horrible, ridiculous service.

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Photo of poppollutesminds
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of greg4579
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of NathanMilesLund
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

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Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore, MD
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